Research over the past decade has brought forth a tool that assists in focusing attention for various learning modalities. It is called Hemi-Sync®, which is short for hemispheric synchronization of the brain. To date, there are no journal publications that discuss this particular technique. The National Research Council's Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance has recently initiated a two-year study of Hemi-Sync.
Devon Edrington, a philosophy professor at the Tacoma Community College in Washington, developed a method for focusing attention in the classroom setting by using Hemi-Sync signals masked with neo-classical music.
Dr. Jonas is engaged in counseling psychology/creative therapies. She currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, trains hospital staff in the use of music and Hemi-Sync with patients, and is a psychologist/sound therapist in a practice focused on clients with physical “dis-ease.” She has conducted research in hospitals demonstrating both music and Hemi-Sync effectiveness with surgery patients.
Robert T. Hayduk is a curriculum consultant for Warren Consolidated Schools in Warren, Michigan and has been a sustaining member of TMI since 1987 and a professional member since 1994. The concepts in this paper were the basis of an experiential session presented as an Open Forum at the 1997 Professional Seminar.
For three years (1982-1985) the role of music and Hemi-Sync was explored in the rehabilitation of 20 developmentally disabled children. The children ranged in age from 5 months to 8 years with an average age of 2 years. Within the broad category of developmental disability the children had received specific diagnoses of cerebral palsy (16), mental retardation (10), autism (5), and uncontrolled seizure disorder (4). The children were referred for therapy because of severe feeding and pre-speech problems. Eighteen of the children were non-verbal and non-ambulatory because of the motor incoordination of cerebral palsy or an overall delay in development.